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    • Trench Warfare
    • Ofence to Defence
      Trench warfare occurred because the German offensive plan, known as the “Schlieffen Plan” did not work as planned
      The Germans shifted to the defence and established trenches in anticipation of an allied counter attack
    • The Ultimate Defence
      Trenches were only a small part of a defensive system that made the taking of any amount of land very costly in lives
      Barbed wire, mines, defensive artillery faced advancing troops besides rifle and machinegun fire from the enemy
    • Parts of a Trench
      Fire step – where soldiers would stand to fire at an advancing enemy
      Duck board – Floor boards for the trench
      Dugout – Small caves where soldiers would sleep
    • Life in the Trenches
      Lice– Lice were everywhere and spread quickly because of the close quarters in the trenches
      Trench Foot – Trench Foot would happen because soldiers spent their days in knee deep water, this meant their tissue would die and begin to rot, requiring amputation
      Rats – rats were everywhere eating leftover food and even dead bodies
    • Daily Routine
      Everyday at dawn soldiers were ordered to “stand to” on the firing step in anticipation of an enemy attack
      Daily routine involved repairing the sandbags and duckboard in the trenches
      On a regular basis the enemy would unleash gas attacks, artillery barrages and sniper fire